Curriculum Based Funding (aka 3rd party service and resource allocation)

Curriculum-Based Funding

(aka Third Party Resources and Services)

The Ministry of Education has set a cap on Third Party Resources and Services allocations (hereafter referred to as TPRS) of up to $600 per full-time student enrolled in Grades K-12. If SCIDES is the official School of Record, we may provide this funding based on the Student Learning Plan, co-created by the parent, teacher and student. The Home Facilitator (such as the parent or guardian) must contact the teacher a minimum of two weeks prior to the commencement of the activity to determine if and how the activity connects to the Student’s Learning Plan and if it qualifies for TPRS.

In Grades K – 7, this funding may be allocated anytime during the school year, but it is tied to progress as outlined in the Student Learning Plan. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

In Grades 8 and 9, the student must be full-time with SCIDES and active in a minimum of four courses. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

In Grades 10 – 12, the funding is based on a percentage of the number of courses in which the student is active. For example, students who are active in four courses have access to $300 ($600 x 50%). However, the requested funding must be for an activity that meets the learning outcomes of the currently enrolled courses. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

We are required to pay a TPRS directly and may not pay parents or students. The TPRS provider must invoice the school for the services provided.

What can be covered?

  • TPRS are ideal in helping students meet learning outcomes in non-core areas such as Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Applied Skills.
  • SCIDES programs may be supported in very practical and hands-on ways through lessons in areas such as music, dance, horseback riding, judo, skiing, woodworking, welding, piano lessons, and sports. The TPRS allocation is intended for ongoing instructional components that cannot be delivered easily by SCIDES; it is not intended to subsidize equipment such as saddles, weight sets, skis, or hockey equipment.
  • SCIDES allows for reimbursement of a portion of internet costs, as a per-family reimbursement, not as a per-student reimbursement. The annual family reimbursement is limited to 10 months of internet provision, to a maximum of $350 per year (only if the learner requires an Internet connection to participate in an educational program delivered in whole or in part through Distributed Learning). 
  • **The student must be active in their program (as per the student learning plan) and the outcomes or activities need to be apart of the student learning plan)

The $600 funding does not apply to:

  • supporting students with special needs in levels 1, 2 and 3, and in categories K,P,Q,R, in achieving the goals in their Individual Education Plans;
  • Technical Centre Program Courses;
  • post-secondary transition program courses;
  • basic consumable school supplies, such as paper, writing tools, student planners, binders, and computer storage media (USB flash drives).

Further, SCIDES is not permitted to:

  • contract or employ parents or family members in the capacity of Tutors, Education Assistants, Teacher Assistants, or Special Education Assistants for services to their own children;
  • provide payments to parents’ or students’ personal credit card companies. Credit card companies are not considered TPRS

Parent Resources

Parents play a big role in their children's education - especially with online learning for grades K-9. So how do you know if learning at home / at a distance is the right choice for your child?

First of all, it’s important to know that online courses require the same amount of time as courses in traditional face-to-face schools. There are no shortcuts in education and it's important that the whole curriculum is covered - of course our students have the huge advantage of being able to choose their own learning path and have the freedom to cover the curriculum with topics that interest and inspire them!

Here are some useful guidelines and questions to ask about your child: 
  • Is your child self-disciplined and dedicated? With an absence of face-to-face interaction and mandatory physical attendance in a classroom, it's important that online students have a desire to succeed.
  • Is your child self-motivated? Students need to stay on top of their studies and be motivated to do well on quizzes and tests.
  • Does your child have time-management skills? While students have the freedom to set their own schedule, they still need to keep up with class reading materials and occasionally hand in assignments.
  • Is your child curious and enjoys taking the occasional risk? We are talking about being curious and willing to try something that might be unfamiliar to them or that their friends are doing differently. The possibilities with e-learning are almost limitless and each and every student has the opportunity to find his or her passion along the way!
There are also a few questions you should ask yourself:
  •          Are you able to spend some time with your child on a regular, daily basis to help with course work and make sure he/she is on track?
  •          Do you check your own email account regularly, not to miss any communication for your child’s teachers?
  •          Can you help your child with establishing a study routine?
  •          Are you able to provide a positive learning environment for your child?

Especially with younger, elementary-aged children it's not always easy to know if they already possess some of those qualities - but if you feel that those qualities are in line with your family values, there is a good chance that online learning is a great fit for your child. Self-discipline, motivation, time management and curiosity will not only help your child succeed in online learning, but also later in life.

A great resource for parents and students alike is the LearnNowBC website.

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